We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge March 18 - 23 for my daughter's 5th birthday. We were greeted as we walked in the door and by checking in online prior to the trip, we didn't stand in line. We were able to sit down and relax and the very polite check in person brought everything to us. The rooms are nice and roomy. The floors were newer in our room - the tile looks like the "wood" tile. The room was very clean. The "woods" view wasn't too exciting for the extra cost. While we were not looking at parking or a dumpster, it was a holding pond and just Florida "woods". Not sure it was worth the upgrade for this. Our housekeeper did an excellent job and left my daughter's toys arranged differently each day. She was so excited each night to come back and see what was happening with her horses. This was the first time we have not stayed on the monorail loop. I actually preferred taking the boat from Wilderness Lodge to MK. It was quicker, closer walk to the entrance of the park, no lines, and the boat came very frequently. It was restful being in the open air and quieter than the monorail. Nice way to end the day. The buses came frequently to the other parks. We didn't eat at any of the restaurants except the quick service for breakfast. It was OK. Think the quick service at the Contemporary has slightly better breakfast quick service but for what we needed it worked fine. We were in room 1010 which was very convenient to get to the boat dock, swimming pool, lobby, quick service, etc. Location of the room couldn't have been better. The children's club had a fun art project every afternoon from 2:30 to 4:00 that my daughter enjoyed doing when we were there. We have stayed at Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian in the past 16 months (we have a Disney problem - I know), and for the price difference I think the Wilderness Lodge is a great value for the location.